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    Vandalized Pool

    Last June I came home to find that my pump motor had been removed, Sand filter plumbing destroyed, 350lb sand filter flipped over on it's side and Electrical wires ripped out. All water weights had been punctured and cover dropped into pool. The pool is literally a breeding ground for the local frogs! Our own cement pond. I was quoted $2,200 for all new equipment.

    I was told to check if the pump motor is in the bottom of the pool - however since the water is green and I have no way to circulate water not sure how to accomplish that. (skimmer would never lift that!!) I really want to get this up and running this summer for my kids trying to DIY as much as we possibly can!

    I had a Hayward 1.5 superpump and have read a number of posts about buying a 2-speed motor to save electricity $$$ (I'm in!!)
    Would the sand filter really need to be replaced or for plumbing purposes new would be better.

    Any help and guidance would be appreciated.

    20x40 vinyl lined, 32k gal in-ground pool, Jacuzzi Sand Filter, aquabot
    30,000 gallon in ground pool
    20'x40' rectangle, single skimmer, no bottom drain
    Vinyl liner replaced on July 2 '08
    Diatomaceous Earth Filter 36 sq. ft.
    Heat pump is off and bypassed
    Converted from Baquacil on July 12, '08 to Chlorine and BBB
    Location is outer Baltimore, Hon.

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    Re: Vandalized Pool

    Welcome to TFP!!!!

    This is a horrible way to introduce yourself to the forum. Sorry to hear about your mess.

    I agree that a 2-speed pump would be a good route to go. If you can find the pump wet end, it may be fine and just need a new motor (2-speed) and a seal kit. Also, the sand filter is likely salvageable as well. Just empty it out and inspect the canister and laterals for damage and replace the pieces if needed. Hopefully you will just need to stand it back up and put it back together.
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    Re: Vandalized Pool

    I'm sorry about your pool equipment! That is terrible!

    I can't help with the equipment, but I would certainly be trying to drag a net along the bottom to see if you can find the pump motor. You probably will have to do that any way to get up any solids.
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    Re: Vandalized Pool

    Again sorry to hear about your misfortune, on the equipment side you can probably replace the pump with a 2 speed 1.5 HP unit for around $500 mail order / ebay, etc. and depending on what type of filter, probably another $500 or so
    Indoor 20x40 35,000 gallon vinyl pool with 1.5 HP 2 speed Jandy FloPro pump, Hayward EC75 Perflex DE filter, 11 4x12 Techno-Solis solar panels w/ Aquasolar controller, Aquabot Turbo T Robot Cleaner. Also LMI metering chlorine dispenser pump and HotSpring Jetsetter
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    Re: Vandalized Pool

    Just to elaborate on what some of the others already said. Turning a sand filter on it's side while it is full of sand will often break laterals, so you will need to inspect them carefully for cracks. That is the only thing that would normally break (though no guarantees), and they are designed to be serviced, so not a big deal to fix if you have the sand out anyway.
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    Re: Vandalized Pool

    Sorry to hear of your misfortune, but welcome to TFP!

    What a lousy thing to come home too!
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